In brief

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Download my CV here.

My name is Sybil Derrible (he/him), I am an Associate Professor of Urban Engineering in the Department of Civil, Materials, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and the Director of the Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks (CSUN) Laboratory.

My work is at the nexus of urban metabolism, infrastructure planning and design, data science / artificial intelligence, complexity science, and future studies to redefine how infrastructure is planned, designed, built, and operated, championing principles of livability, sustainability, and resilience. See my Work page.

My publications include the textbook Urban Engineering for Sustainability (MIT Press, 2019). See my Writings page.

I hold editorial responsibilities with the journals Scientific Reports, the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, and Cleaner Production Letters.

As a consultant, I provide services to governments, non-profits, and industries in the world on smart cities, urban sustainability, infrastructure resilience, environmental justice, technology, and urban futures.

Make sure to visit the CSUN Lab's website that has information about the CSUN team along with a full list of publications, research projects, codes and tools, datasets, and information for prospective members, among many other things.

As Einstein said "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."


We cannot rely on existing knowledge. It is time to reinvent how cities and infrastructure are planned, designed, built, and operated to make them more livable, sustainable, and resilient.